A lot of guys feel at their strongest right after a good workout. It’s hard to deny that feeling of accomplishment and exhilaration. However, remember that you’ve just broken down your muscles, meaning you won’t actually grow stronger until after you’ve recovered, letting your body come back to your next workout in a better state than last time. So, don’t just overdo it in the weight room by returning too soon, but find some time to take it easy as well. You’ll get much more out of your efforts in the gym if you follow it up with a relaxing night and eight hours of sleep, as opposed to going out, binge drinking and coming back for a few hours of rest. “Remember, if you don’t take some time to take it easy, your body is constantly in breakdown mode so how are you ever going to build, strengthen and repair?” Hale says.